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on gen. lute, north of the american legion bridge. there's an accident. good morning washington continues. live, and in high definition, this is abc 7's good morning washington, on your side. >> 6:00 on this thursday, april 15. i am doug mcelway. >> i am alison starling. thanks for joining us on this thursday. we have lots to talk about. traffic and weather every 10 minutes. >> let's start with brian van de graaff. >> it will be a gorgeous afternoon. highs in the 70's. we are in the 40's downtown. in the 30's in the suburbs. 38 degrees in martinsburg, 37 in leesburg, 38 in huntingtown, 48 downtown. the forecast, mild and sunny with temperatures in the 70's.
95 has big problems. >> it was in the 4:00 hour that a tractor-trailer jackknifed, austin skier x 0, orchard its fuel tank on 95 virginia coming through fredericksburg, there's a one-r delay. 95 north after route 3, there's only one lane open. in prince frederick maryland southbound 4 close to walmart, a pedestrian was hit. inner loop at the belt way out of tyson to bethesda, crashed on to the american legion bridge. traffic is sharing the left lane. >> a tough start. thank you. breaking news from northwest washington. two people injured at a fire at georgetown university.
if it broke out at 3:00 a.m. at a building on the 3700 block of o street. firefighters put it out quickly. two contract workers were taken to hospital with burns on their arms and legs. the building had water and smoke damage. >> a r a the big story, two prince george's county police officers punished for their role in this video. both are serving a suspension while the department conducts an internal investigation into brutality claims. this morning we are learning new are learningwho they are -- we are learning new details about who they are. >> two police officers have been suspended. the department has identified one of them. also, they have a identified everyone involved in the video. police say all of the officers involved in the beating of the university of maryland student
seen in this video have been identified by department. according to police, officer sean mcaleavey was suspended and stripped of duties after filing paperwork indicating that the victim jack mckenna was injured by horses. the video that you saw first on abc 7 tells a different story. major andy ellis says the entire prince george's county the promise has been affected by the actions of the officers on the video. >> we have received threatening and cost of phone calls from across the country, so we have to be deliberate as we move forward. >> people we spoke with say identifying officers is a good first step. >> they ought to stand up and take responsibility. >> more police suspensions could be forthcoming. the department calls the actions in the video excessive use of force. they say handling a large crowd like the one that badgergatheren march can be difficult. the department's internal
investigation is ongoing. they say if more suspensions are handed out, they will identify those officers as well. brianne carter reporting. >> thank you. the case against two suspects in last month's mass shooting inside southeast is moving forward. orlando qucarter and nathaniel sims are accused of killing four people and wounding five others in a drive-by shooting. >> a newly discovered budget surplus has reignited a battle over d.c. public school jobs. chancellor michelle rhee told the d.c. council this week that a budget error led to the firings of 266 teachers. instead of a $40 million deficit, the school system had a $30 million surplus. the teachers want their jobs back. they want michelle rhee and mayor adrian fenty to step down. >> michelle rhee is a liar.
>> the budget has been played with. there is mismanagement. >> what we have is the potential for teacher raises being funded on the backs of those teachers fired. >> michelle rhee does not plan to reinstate any of the teachers. >> a battle is brewing over efforts to overhaul the nation's financial system. president obama met with senate democrats and republicans at the white house yesterday to discuss a financial regulatory reform bill. republicans say it will result in another bailout for wall street. democrats say it will prevent another meltdown. a bill to restore unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of people is on track again. senate democrats last night were able to get passed a republican challenge that would extend benefits through june 2. the senate is expected to approve a bill today. >> organizers are hoping thousands of people will gather
in the district this morning, calling for lower taxes and smaller government. they're part of a nationwide grassroots movement known as the tea party. the big question is whether their voices will be heard on capitol hill. kathy parcher has details. >> they certainly hope their voices will be heard today. if anything like the last time the movement was in d.c., we can expect a large crowds. the tea party express kicks off its national bus tour on march 27. it will end in the district today. this coincides with the federal tax filing deadline, using the nation's capital as a backdrop. they're expressing opposition to higher spending and the reason health care overhaul. at 11:00 the rally gets underway at freedom plaza. already we are noticing some activity behind us. later on the rally will move toward to the washington monument. some of the speaker is expected
to speak today include former house majority leader dick armey. yesterday sarah palin was the star at a rally in boston. as well we noticed counter- protesters, they will hold a rally at 4: 30 at the national mall. they will be thanking president obama for tax cuts for the middle class. kathy park reporting. >> thank you. the annual pig book shows congress earmarked $16.5 billion for pork barrel projects last year, that's down from 200630% or more. 60-- down at least 30% from 2006. there's $20 million for a world war ii museum in new orleans and many millions for pentagon
projects the pentagon does not even need. >> flights from london have been grounded from ashe drifting from iceland. heathrow is going to close at 7:00 eastern. yesterday the volcano erupted for the second time this month, sending smoke and ash into the air. >> of still ahead, the future of space flight. today president obama makes a major nasa announcement. >> we have details about the warning about lexus. today toyota is taking a closer look at sport-utility vehicle safety. >> backups on the beltway and on 95
>> welcome back to good morning washinton on this thursday. adam caskey outside the verizon center. tonight the capitals will kick off the playoffs against the montreal canadiens. we did we and our first president strophic, having the best record in league with 54 victories. this is a franchise high for the washington capitals. we had many firsts this season. it's 51 degrees downtown. we are rocking the red. we are looking over the district. looking east.
the sun is getting ready to rise over the verizon at 6:30. some temperatures in the 40's and upper 30's this morning. a lot of sunshine and mid 70's today. mid 80's tomorrow, partly cloudy. a few showers late friday night and early saturday morning. cooler for the weekend. >> challenges include out of tyson into bethesda, the inner loop at the beltway. we will show you why. accident after the american legion bridge, but before river road. notice the headlights waiting patiently and getting by the crash. it's been a long standing erect. in fredericksburg, va., 95 northbound, on the one lane gets around an accident between route 3 and the rappahannock river bridge. you cannot exit on to -- from
route 3 onto the interstate. northbound out of prince frederick --nothing to report on 270. normal volume coming from frederick county into montgomery. 95 in baltimore looks good. >> thank you. we have new details about the lexus safety warning. toyota is now testing the safety of all of its sport-utility vehicles. the troubled auto maker is reportedly considering a recall on the 2010 gx 460. it temporarily suspended sales tuesday, after consumer reports warned it had possible rollover problems. >> we have 45 degrees in roslyn. >> still ahead, thousands of people still trapped in the rubble of the earthquake in china. rescue crews are now working round-the-clock looking for
>> we have details on breaking news. two injured at a fire at georgetown university. that broke out at 3:00 a.m. at a building on the 3700 block of st. o. firefighters put it out quickly. two contract workers were taken to a hospital with burns on their arms and legs. they suffered smok building havd water damage. >> prince george's county police, two officers suspended. more suspensions are on the way. if the department also says it has received many hostile and
threatening telephone calls from around the country if because of the brutality incident. today is the deadline to file federal tax returns. you have until midnight to do so. if you need to mail your return, the national capital post office on massachusetts avenue in northeast will be open until midnight. other post offices will have extended hours today. chinese authorities say 600 people were killed in a series of earthquakes in the western part of that country. thousands have been injured. rescuers are still searching for survivors. relief is on the way to that regent. >> president obama goes to cape canaveral, florida today to revive his lawsuit, which has been under attack since it was unveiled in march. strong and many space veterans have been some of the most vocal critics. -- neil armstrong. t.j. winnick has a look at what
is next for nasa. >> under the bush administration wanted to send american astronauts to the moon again. the obama administration wants to focus on getting to march instead. if today at the kennedy space center the president will unveil his plan to take a nasa in a new direction. >> the president will outline what represents our best opportunity to put astronauts and rockets into space as the president so strongly desires. >> neil armstrong has publicly criticized the president's plan, but another space pioneer supports the changes. >> i totally agree that we should set our sights much higher than just returning to the moon. >> in addition to a $6 billion boost for nasa already announced, president obama will review a new heavy lift rocket development program and a plan to renovate the kennedy space center. the white house insist they're putting an end to nasa programs that administration officials
say are years behind schedule and billions over budget. >> michelle obama is in mexico on her first solo foreign trip as first lady. yesterday she met with the first lady of mexico. they discussed drug addiction prevention and other issues important to young people. this morning mrs. obama will host a breakfast roundtable discussion involving a group of young leaders. >> the russian foreign ministry has suspended all adoptions of russian children by americans. this comes after a tennessee woman sent her seven-year-old adopted son back to russia by himself. it's time for look at traffic and weather every 10 minutes. >> 45 degrees in roslyn. you need a light jacket this morning, but that's going to change. >> it's going to warm up after
the sun rises. we will go to the 70's today. 80 degrees tomorrow. this is a shot from our live camera. it's beautiful out there. no fog or clouds. 34 degrees right now in vacaville, 37 in leesburg. 50 degrees in reston. clear skies in the early morning. light breeze. temperatures will drop off in the mornings. you're looking for 70's today. even warmer tomorrow in the a.d.'s. -- 80's. we will see the front swing through. a few showers possible tomorrow
night. then saturday it will be much cooler air. if the weekend looks chile. mostly sunny and warmer. milds today. low to mid 70's. 40's and 50's tonight. much warmer tomorrow at about 80 degrees. as we go through friday night into saturday, temperatures may be warmer just after midnight as the front swings through. saturday, 60. sunday, 60. sunshine and breezy. low to mid 60's starting off next week. >> at the for clock tower it started. getting out of fredericksburg it takes over an hour on route 3. there is jammed traffic on route 1. the crash is between route 3 and route 1, northbound 95. on the one lane getting by.
the exit from route 3 to the interstate is closed. plenty of traffic between woodbridge and the pentagon. on the beltway there was an accident on the inner loop after the american legion bridge. traffic is getting by. this is 270 traffic. everything is open at the beltway. >> thank you. we have 45 degrees outside. 6:21 is the time on this thursday. >> the capitals have been waiting for this moment. the first game of the playoffs tonight. we have a preview. >> today on oprah, bound and gagged and stepped inside a garbage can buy her and, what one woman had to do to stay alive. that's at 4:00 on abc 7. bob
>> congress is going after the use of smokeless tobacco by baseball players. during a hearing yesterday lawmakers urged if police to ban it. it is banned in the minor leagues, however. >> turning to sports, capitals fans have been waiting for this day for a year, the start of the nhl playoffs. after the unbelievable playoff series last year, they have been considered buseries contenders
of the stanley cup. the host montreal at the verizon center. >> montreal is going to play really good and we will play a really good. usually when that happens it comes down to a bad call. hopefully, it's not a bad call. >> starts at 7:00. depends lost their playoff opener to ottawa last night. -- the penns lost. >> congress is getting ready to reconsider a bill that would pave the way to representation. >> also, officers involved in the beating of the university of maryland student, new details about what police are saying now. that's coming up. >> we are live in the furniture weather center.
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punishment. good morning, washinton. welcome back. just about 6:30 on this thursday, april 15. its tax debt. -- day. i am alison starling. >> i am doug mcelway. it's a great day to pay your taxes. >> you can do it online and it's free. >> they are staying open late at the post offices. >> it's beautiful outside. there's a chill in the air. 45 degrees right now at chesapeake beach. some of these suburbs are in the 30's. today's forecast, around lunchtime it will be in the mid to upper 60's. the mid 70's by this afternoon with a light southwesterly breeze. in a 50's tonight. tomorrow we could peak at 80 degrees.
lisa baden, maybe that would be an alternative to the traffic. >> there are challenges. no. on the beltway leaving the potomac river american legion bridge, a there's a crash at river road, moved on to the right shoulder. it's a little better there. coming across northbound 95 between route 3 and 17, one lane to the left is getting by. all traffic has been closed coming out of fredericksburg. route 3 into northbound 95 is blocked. nothing block on 66. normal delays on -- out of manassas. route 4, prince frederick, earlier accident is gone at 231. >> thank you. we are following a developing story from northwest washington. if two people injured in a fire at georgetown university. it broke out at 3:00 a.m. at a
building in the 3700 block of o streets. firefighters put it out quickly. the two contract workers were taken to a hospital with burns on their arms and legs. the building and smoke and water damage. >> more fallout from the police beating caught on tape. two prince george's county police officers have been suspended. more suspensions are all the way. you're learning new details about one of the accused. brianne carter is live in college park with details. >> two suspended. police are identifying one of those. they say they have identified everyone involved in the video. police say all be officers involved in the beating of the university of maryland student seen in the video have been identified by the department. according to police, officer sean mcaleavey was suspended and stripped of police duties after
filing paperwork indicating that the victim jack mckenna was injured by horses. this video tells a different story. major andy ellis says the entire prince george's county department has been affected by the actions of the officers on the video. >> we have received threatening and hostile phone calls from across the country, so we have to be very deliberate as we move forward. >> people we spoke with identifying officers is a good first step. >> they should take responsibility for what they did. >> more suspensions could be forthcoming. the the department called the actions excessive use of force. they say handling a large crowd like the one that gathered -- gathered march 3 can be difficult. officials from the department have said that excessive use of force will not be tolerated. their internal investigation is ongoing. if more suspensions are given,
they say they will identify those officers as well. >> thank you. a d.c. police lieutenant has been charged with sexual assault after being accused of groping another car. 46-year-old sanders was arrested yesterday and charged with a 2008 attack on a female d.c. police sgt. he pled inciinnocent in d.c. superior court. >> president obama met with senators yesterday at the white house yesterday to discuss the financial regulatory reform bill. republicans say it will result in another washinton wall street bailout -- in another wall street bailout. democrats say it will prevent another meltdown. night senate democrats got passed a republican challenge to a bill extending jobless benefits through june 2. if the senate is expected to approve the bill today. >> a newly discovered budget
surplus has d.c. teachers outraged. chancellor michelle rhee said a budget error led to the firings of 266 teachers. instead of a $40 million deficit, the school system had a $34 million surplus. laid-off teachers protested about that yesterday. if they want their jobs back. they want michelle rhee and mayor fenty to step down. >> the health-care overhaul appears to be hurting president obama's approval rating. his approval rating is at 49%, down four points from last month. 44% approve of his handling of the health care and the economy. as for congress, republicans had nearly caught up with democrats. thousands of congressional critics will roll into the nation's capital this morning. if the tea party express is staging a big rally in freedom palley.
kathy park is there. >> the events will not get underway for a few hours from now, but we are already noticing activity behind us as they're getting ready for a day full of events. if this is not the first time the movement has made its way into the district. if it's anything like the past, you will see large crowds. >> usa, usa. >> they will slowly come to a final stop in washington. coinciding with the federal tax filing deadline. using the nation's capital as a backdrop, critics of the obama administration will make their voices heard with a full day of events. >> hello, boston. >> yesterday, thousands gathered in boston protesting the recent health care overhaul off and government spending. a preview of what we can expect today. >> we want less taxes and less spending.
we are tired. you're worried for our grandchildren. >> do you love your freedom, mass.? >> sarah palin putting in her 2 cents a mile away from where the original tea party occurred in 1773. >> from now until november, we are going to say, no, you don't >> . her message do not get across to everyone. a small group of counter protesters had their say. >> nothing has really changed in this country. >> there will be counter protesters in the district as well. the coffee party will have a rally at 4:30 at to the national mall. but the rally at freedom plaza with the tea party movement will start at 11:00. the group will eventually move toward the washington monument. kathy park reporting. >> the house could vote next week on a bill that would give
d.c. a voting member of congress. the senate passed the bill more than a year ago. then the senators added day gun amendment that would repeal strict gun amended requirements in the city. the vote has been stalled without a vote in the house. they are working on a version of that amendment. >> coming up, we have a close look at today's tea party protest with mike allen. >> helping other people. >> the real winner at last night's wizard's game, a teenage cancer patient and his three- point shot. >> another check on traffic and weather every 10 minutes. 6:37, 44 degrees in roslyn. you are watching abc 7's good morning washington.
canadiens this evening at 7:00 p.m. at verizon center, the first of the best of seven game series. 50 degrees right now downtown. not bad. on wearing two layers of long sleeves. this afternoon i will be shedding the layers. highs in the mid-70s's. in frederick county, there's ground fog. temperatures in the outlying areas are near 40 degrees. in some cases, up to 30's. a lot of sunshine today, amid 70's. partly cloudy, near 80 degrees tomorrow. in the 60's on the weekends. late rain on friday into early saturday. i want to mention this. you can normally go to watch the practice in boston in arlington.
>> traffic is growing slowly through fredericksburg. 95, about one, 17, about three, five of the crash on 95 virginia near the rappahannock bridge close to 3. now there's been a crash between route 1 and route 3. there's an accident on the shoulder on the beltway near river road. >> thank-you, lisa baden. before degrees in roslyn. >> we will be right ba
washington. with doug mcelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, and lisa baden with traffic. this is good morning washington, on your side. >> it is 6:45. let's check our top news stories. another prince george's county police officer suspended in connection with the videotaped beating of a university of maryland student. police have identified all the officers involved. they said the department has received numerous hostile and threatening telephone calls. if you have not done so already, today the deadline to file your federal tax returns. you have until midnight. that if you need to mail it. the one on massachusetts avenue will be open until midnight. other post offices will have extended hours. >> president obama goes to the kennedy space center in florida today to unveil his vision for the space program. earlier this year the white
house scrapped a plan to send man back to the moon and instead focus on getting to mars. that has been criticized by some former astronauts. dozens of students and teachers were among 600 people killed in yesterday's earthquake in china. about 85% of the buildings in that mountainous region where the quake struck, were destroyed. rescue crews and supplies are pouring into the region. >> the tea party express is ending today in the nation's capital. >> organizers are expecting big crowds. it remains to be seen whether or not that happens. mike allen has more on that message and whether or not lawmakers are listening. >>many of them have their eyes focused on the november elections. what is the sense on capitol hill about how strong they are? >> the movement is strong, but
the senate -- dissatisfaction behind it is very strong. people in both parties are taking it seriously. the people and the demonstrations, if they could organize for republicans, they want them to vote smartly to go against the democrats. if republicans could bring them into their structure, it would help them with their goal of taking over one of the chambers. democrats say, we understand that you're unhappy. >> a lot of the tea party organizers are reaching out to extremists, asking them -- the parties are asking some of the extremists in the tea party -- the tea party organizers are asking extremists to stay away from their movement, distancing themselves.
>> there's the tea party express and other tea party factions. these are big fundraising vehicles that raise millions of dollars. they don't want to be taken down by coverage of one really damaging thing. the tea party is trying to move to the mainstream. the mainstream is trying to work with the tea party. >> there's a group -- i don't remember the name, but its democratic party operatives wanting to infiltrates the tea party with bogus racial signs and homophobic signs. tea party members are urging their members to go out and get them on film. stuff is going on a, on both sides. >> dirty tricks as long as politics has been around. that puts the onus on the media of getting to make sure you notes going on.
people need to be more careful about monitoring their demonstrations. as your mom told you, you are known by the company you keep. >> we are out of time. do you expect thousands of people in d.c. for this today? >> i don't know. but they're doing it while congress is in session, so there will be a lot of coverage. >> thank you. >> time for traffic and weather every 10 minutes. >> we are expecting a great day. >> the sun is rising. we can see into the city where the sun is rising. on the left is a little sunlight. across the horizon, a good- looking start to the day. outside numbers this morning will be on the cool side. low 30's in stafford, 36 in atoms down. mid 40 in pax river towards the downtown area.
-- 36 in adamstown. highs will reach the low to mid 70's. mild air tomorrow. close to a degrees tomorrow. -- 80 degrees tomorrow. there's a chance of a few showers tomorrow night. breezy and cool on saturday at 60 degrees. 60 on saturday. mid to upper 60's at lunchtime today. low to mid 70's this afternoon. in the 50's tonight. we will talk about the rest of the weekend the weekend. first, lisa baden with traffic. >> northbound 95 in fredericksburg, an accident moved out of the roadway. that's between route 3 and the rappahannock bridge. now about one is closed at about
this morning, the distracted driver cracked down. now, new checkpoints and traffic tickets. where is it happening and would make a difference and should you be on the lookout? if the answers on "good morning america" this morning. >> a local teenager battling a brain tumor is making great progress in his mission to help others. >> his name is justin 3 bland freedlander. he's on a mission to shoot 40,000 baskets to raise awareness. he's already at 9100. he shot some baskets during the second time out of the wizard's game last night during the second quarter. >> it feels great to help other people. >> he has a lot going on. he's fighting for his life. >> he hopes to raise $250,000
for a brain tumor research. if you like to contribute, we have a link to his website through our doors. go to wjla.com. >> i think his dad was a great point guard at bethesda chevy chase high school in the 1970's. i used to see him play as a little kid. >> what a great thing for him to do. >> really inspiring. the track is not very inspiring. >> 95 northbound open in fredericksburg, but route 1 is closed at route 3 in fredericksburg. coming out of tysons at the potomac river, the crash has been cleared at the beltway. no problems to report on the dulles toll road. now to the weather center. >> it's a little foggy by the
waterways. most of us are fairly clear. sunny and warm this afternoon in the seven depots the. -- 70's. in the 50's tonight. tomorrow, high temperatures near 80. there should be arraigned tomorrow evening into early saturday. saturday afternoon there will be sunshine. both saturday and sunday will have cooler than average temperatures. maybe you can do some yard work outside with a jacket. cool temperatures next week as well. >> thanks for watching. and a day at 7:22. >> "good morning america" is next. in jordan or thursday. we will see you at noon. and we will see you tomorrow. enjoy your thursday. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--